Discover How the Volvo XC40 SUV Compares to its Audi Rival

When you're searching for a compact premium SUV that promises a full serving of performance, style, and features, then you have a few candidates to consider. Two of the most popular options are our Volvo XC40 and the Audi Q3, each of which bears impeccable European credentials and sophisticated allure. How then, are Scottsdale drivers to determine which model is the right one for them? Simple. Check out our handy comparison, where you'll see how these two fare in a head-to-head matchup.


There's a youthful exuberance about the Volvo XC40 that's made evident by its rugged body, sculpted taillights, and available two-tone rood. While the Q3 certainly remains true to the Audi design style, the XC40 is the more standout SUV on the Mesa roads.

Inside, the Audi's sloping roof greatly reduces headroom for the rear seat passengers, making the cabin space feel a bit more cramped. Given that the XC40 offers more comfortable passenger space and more available cargo space, it only makes sense to choose it for weekend road trips.


Volvo offers two engine options to power your XC40 around Phoenix, while Audi limits the Q3 to the one. Both SUVs do offer the quick gear changes that come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the Volvo XC40 is going to deliver the better fuel economy no matter which engine you go with. Combining a spirited driving environment with an efficient approach is a Volvo hallmark, and an approach that distinguishes the XC40 from its German rival.


If you're driving an upscale SUV, you want to be sure that you have the latest technologies along for the ride. With the XC40, you're getting a lot more right from the start than you will if you choose to go with the Q3. For instance, the Volvo XC40 comes with standard SiriusXM® satellite radio on its introductory model, while you have to move up to a higher trim level to get that feature offered for the Q3. The same goes with voice recognition technology, which allows you to control entertainment options without removing your hands from the steering wheel - or your eyes from the road ahead.


As you're traveling around Tempe in your Volvo XC40, you'll take comfort in knowing that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ - their highest honor. The Audi Q3 hasn't earned any honors from the safety organization lately.

Lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition are two driver-assistance features you'll find standard on the XC40, as is oncoming lane mitigation. The Audi Q3 doesn't offer traffic sign recognition at all, and makes you upgrade trim levels to get the other two features added.

Volvo XC40 vs. Audi Q3 Quick Facts

 Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum AWDAudi Q3 Premium Quattro
Horsepower248 horse power standard228 horsepower standard
MPG22 city/30 highway mpg19 city/27 highway mpg
Satellite radioStandardNot available on Premium
Vehicle Width75.2 inches72.8 inches
Vehicle heights65.3 inches62.9 inches
Front legroom40.9 inches40.0 inches
Rear headroom39.1 inches37.9 inches

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Now that you've learned why the Volvo XC40 is a better option than the Audi Q3, don't you think it's time you stopped by our Scottsdale showroom and explored one in person? We're happy to help in any way possible, so feel free to contact us and arrange for a convenient time to put this SUV to the test.

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